I've compiled some snowfall plots of past storms to show us a few direct hits to our area. The snowfall plots show the snow accumulation across the entire Washington area, not just at the official recording stations. This is useful to understand the scope of the storm and to see who received the snowfall bullseye.
The Washington area had a terrible bout of stink bug weather this past November. One might even say we had at least one episode of severe stink bug weather. Discussed are ways to combat the stink bug.
The 2009-10 winter season was highlighted by historic snowfalls in late December and early February, breaking all-time records for monthly and seasonal totals. The Snowmageddon book captures the 2009-10 winter season in photographs, snowfall statistics, snowfall plots and weather maps. The storms Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, and Snoverkill are detailed in the book.
Crop circles? Mini-hurricanes? Spaceships? What the heck are those things pictured to the right? What we're looking at here is a classic example of a von Karman vortex street. Other than being really cool to look at, these phenomena are just another reminder of just how weird our atmosphere can be.
This weekend (October 23-24. 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.), a giant Expo marking the culmination of the nation's first national science festival takes place on the National Mall and surrounding areas. More than 1,500 interactive exhibits and 75 stage shows are planned, representing more than 500 organizations. About 20 of these organizations are convening for the D.C. WeatherFest, which promises to engage visitors with activities and hands-on demonstrations exploring weather, water, and climate. Organizers are inviting everyone out to this first of its kind event locally, and especially students, teachers, retirees, boy/girl scouts and families.
Recently, in the Six Great Early American Climate Myths, Part I, I discussed three of the climate myths that the late David Ludlum, founder and long-time director/editor of Weatherwise magazine, summarized as "American Climythology." Ludlum, one of America's foremost weather historians, died in 1997. Following is a discussion of the other three myths...